The Bolivian President has enlightened us:
Bolivia’s left-wing president said unbridled industrial development was responsible for the pillaging of natural resources.
Speaking through an interpreter at the UN headquarters in New York, he had this uncompromising message: “If we want to save our planet earth, to save life, to save mankind, we have a duty to put an end to the capitalist system.”
What an absolutely ridiculous and unproductive statement. Has anyone informed President Morales what the end result is in every country on the planet where capitalism DOESN’T exist? Let’s just ignore the fact that the only path OUT of poverty for indigenous civilizations on the planet has always been capitalism. Are we going to pretend that capitalism “doesn’t work” because of industrialists who pillage the environment? At what point is someone going to point out two very critical facts:
1) Capitalism is not–by its definition–synonymous with raping and pillaging of the environment.
2) Bio-fuels are a bad idea NOT because they are “putting cars ahead of people” but because they are inefficient.